Dorothee Bär: Data from children should be better protected on the internet

Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär (CSU) has called for clear rules for the protection of personal data of children on the Internet. "The use of personal data of children and adolescents for advertising purposes or for the creation of personality or user profiles must be clearly and clearly prohibited". Bär said to Handelsblatt on December 7, 2019. "Young people and children who often use the virtual environment of the Internet as a test site for the development of their personality, are particularly vulnerable."

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The Federal Association of Consumer Centers has recently in a Position paper (PDF) to the European Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), which "special protection needs of children" to take more account of. Although restrictions on the processing of children's data are already laid down in the GDPR, they are often too short, according to the paper.

A "Processing of children's data for advertising purposes or for the creation of
Personality or user profiles "
should basically
be excluded, the federal association demands. The DSGVO has been in force since 25 May 2018. It basically regulates the processing of personal data by companies, organizations or associations.

FDP sees ban critical

The FDP was critical of prohibitions on the Internet. "They are hardly enforceable and usually lead to evasive movements, so bans and obligations in the network are mostly counterproductive."Deputy Group Chairman Frank Sitta told Handelsblatt.

"Many platforms offering digital content are already responding with child-friendly versions of their products." The best protection for children and young people is education and a "healthier" Handling digital media in the home, Sitta added. Instead of banning, he spoke out in favor of his own school subject for digital skills.

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